To paraphrase something Gunner Star once said by way of a reference to a Quentin Tarantino penned line from “True Romance”:
You’re a writer. Write mother fucker.
It is true. I am a writer. Or to put it more accurately, I am a storyteller—and as part of that burning desire to create and bring imagination to life—I am also a director, of sorts. Not a day goes by that I do not imagine “CaitlinStar” being made into a major motion picture. Every scene is storyboarded out, every aspect of the production fully planned in painstaking detail down to the shooting locations, camera lenses, and who the costume designer would be (Colleen Atwood is on top of that list btw), and of course, the composer (right now I have been imagining a big, epic, dramatic James Horner ala "Braveheart", "Avatar", and "Troy").
Of course I would love to direct it, but that is never going to happen. Which might be a good thing. I want the best possible director at the helm. Someone with the talent, technical skills, vision, and proven experience to bring “CaitlinStar” searing to cinematic life with all the grit, drama, emotion, action, and realism.
So here is my “Caitlin Star” movie dream team. Keep in mind this is just me and my fevered fan boy yearnings as I allow my imagination to run amuck. I have not reached out to anyone on this list through official channels nor has anybody else at Gunner Star Productions as of yet actively recruited for any of these individual positions.
So here it is, the way before pre-production fantasy mock draft of the primary cast and crew of “Caitlin Star” the motion picture.
Caitlin Star – Blake Lively
We talked about all of the nominees here last month. We debated fiercely but soon and it became crystal clear and simply could not be denied. Blake Lively is Caitlin Star.
Gunner Star – Vin Diesel
The first moment I saw Vin in “Pitch Black” back in 2000 I knew that we had found our Gunner Star. The charisma, the presence, the physique, and my god that voice! Vin Diesel in Gunner Star.
Tyrone Fulton - Morris Chestnut
Seen most recently in the critically acclaimed “Nurse Jackie” on Showtime and the not so critically acclaimed “Kick Ass 2” in theaters. The studly actor made a spectacular debut in “Boyz n the Hood” back in 1991 and has been one of Hollywood’s hardest working actors ever since.
I always pictured Tyrone Fulton as a mid-90s era Wesley Snipes and Morris Chestnut is right about there now. A match for the character physically, athletically, and emotionally—he would be a perfect love interest for Caitlin. Morris Chestnut is Tyrone Fulton.
Lithgow – Gary Oldman
The veteran heavyweight talent is capable of playing anyone but the anthropology professor and Bull Mongoni scholar is especially suited to the actor’s robust skill set. This casting makes even more sense when you consider the director choice below. Gary Oldman is Lithgow.
Lori the Watcher - Anna Kendrick
The college girl hacker turned Bull Mongoni rebel possesses a simmering intensity and intelligence that just screams for the casting of someone who can convincingly play a character smarter than everyone else on the screen and in the theater watching. “Up in the Air”, “50/50”, “Pitch Perfect”—Anna Kendrick is fast becoming my one of my absolute favorite actresses. Anna Kendrick is Lori.
Director – Christopher Nolan
No explanation needed. I mean, talk about a dream scenario right out of “Inception”. “Batman” is a major influence in the Gunner Star/Caitlin Star Bull Mongoni universe and when you consider the tone and subtext of Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, he is the ultimate director for “Caitlin Star”.
Next Time: Casting the villains of “Caitlin Star”.